Tai O Market St, Tai O
The fantastic old fishing village of Tai O is located to the far west of Lantau Island, closer to Macau than Central. It has a rich history and diverse attractions for the visitor; there's spectacular views of Lantau's rugged hills, delightful old temples, a fragrant dried fish industry, houses balancing on stilts, yet surely the biggest drawcard is Hong Kong's largest colony of 'pink' dolphins. Naomi and I took a short 'dolphin spotting' cruise and though we got good views of 'old man rock' and the village and we unfortunately didn't see any of the elusive mammals that enjoy the mix of fresh and salt water around Tai O. For lunch we stopped at AA Restaurant, a small, local style Chinese place just over the suspension bridge. It was spotlessly clean with a good view of wok flames rising from the open kitchen.
When we arrived they were only serving their afternoon menu and I went for a bowl of wonton noodle soup, while Naomi chose pork and egg with rice. My soup was delicious. The fat, meaty wontons were tasty and the noodles good, but the best bit was the well seasoned, flavoursome soup base; one of the best I've had in Hong Kong. Naomi was served a plate piled high with food and while the egg was too under cooked for her liking, I thought it was pretty tasty with fresh spring onions and big hunks of pork. With a couple of lemonades thrown in our bill came to $64; a bargain.
A visit to Tai O is a unique Hong Kong experience and one I'd definitely recommend. I thought the AA Restaurant was a good choice and I enjoyed my soup. It was impressively clean, the staff were friendly and welcoming and the price was right; a good spot to stop when you visit Tai O.